Heritiera littoralis (Malvaceae)

Heritiera littoralis

This wonderfully foliaged mangrove plant is called the Looking glass tree, for reason I have not actually figured out.

It is very easily recognized by the context of it’s mangrove habitat and the silvery scales coat the leaf underside. The flowers are somewhat tubular, and are reminiscent of the well know Australian Currajongs (Brachychiton spp.), but the brown fruits have highly distinctive keels along their lengths, and these fruits can be easily be picked out among the flotsam of tropical shores. Large mature individuals have magnificent buttress roots which make them almost instantly distinguishable in a mangrove environment.

Heritiera littoralis


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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